Alderperson Tuffy Quinonez dies following complications of a stroke

Quinonez (D) -- 11th Ward
Quinonez (D) -- 11th Ward(City of Rockford)
Published: Feb. 25, 2023 at 2:52 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2023 at 5:48 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford Alderperson Tuffy Quinonez (D) of the city’s 11th ward died Monday after suffering complications of a stroke.

Quinonez was hospitalized on February 21. Rockford city officials shared the news on Monday.

Once a barbershop owner, Quinonez won his seat as Alderman in 2017. He served on the Code and Regulation Committee, as well as the Liquor Commission.

“Tuffy was a proud veteran, successful businessman and dedicated community servant. He was also a strong advocate for small businesses and the revitalization of the Broadway business district,” says Mayor Tom McNamara. “I’m saddened by his passing.”

14th ward alderperson Mark Bonne shared a heartfelt message on social media Monday expressing how Quinonez was always a man of his word.

Monday night’s City Council meeting is canceled following the news.